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3 Essential Features of Classic English Gardens

3 Essential Features of Classic English Gardens

If you’re looking to create your own little corner of paradise, these three essential features of classic English gardens can help you build the perfect space.

Colorful Blooms and Foliage

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about classic English gardens is vibrant colors—you can see vivid hues like pink, yellow, and lavender blooming from season to season. Having a variety of plants creates an interesting visual display.

Some of the most common perennials in English gardens include roses, hollyhocks, lupines, foxgloves, lavender, and poppies. English gardens can include plants that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. They can also organize garden “rooms” that emphasize different features. For example, one part of the garden can house beehives among herbs, fruit trees, and raised vegetable beds. The bees pollinate the plants and keep them fruiting and blooming, and the plants give the bees’ honey a distinctive flavor.


One of the most iconic features of classic English gardens is their pathways. You can line these meandering walkways with all kinds of plants, from flowers to shrubs. This allows visitors to explore the garden in a leisurely fashion and experience it at their own pace.

You’ll often see pathways paved with gravel, brick, or cobblestones. These materials create an interesting textured effect and provide a sense of direction and shape in the garden. These paths define garden rooms that offer different sensory and aesthetic experiences. Create a cozy garden space that you’ll never want to leave or show off your rose garden for everyone to see. No matter what you decide, you should have a path leading you to your paradise.

English gardens often feature fountains, sculptures, birdbaths, and other decorative pieces along their pathways. These items serve both an aesthetic purpose—adding a touch of whimsy to the garden—and a practical one—providing water sources for birds and other wildlife. Whether you choose classic or more modern pieces, the right decor can help bring your English garden to life.

Well-Maintained Lawns

Finally, classic English gardens often feature well-maintained lawns with a consistent pattern. Maintaining a lawn can be an arduous task, but it’s worth the effort to maintain that classic English charm.

Creating an English garden with these three essential elements is sure to make your outdoor space beautiful and inviting. Whether you choose to embrace all things classic English or incorporate a few of these elements, you’re sure to have a gorgeous garden that your guests will admire.

So if you’re looking to create your own classic English garden oasis, consider adding these essential features. With the right plants and decor, you can turn any space into an idyllic setting for relaxation and contemplation.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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